Sickness presence

The alternative to sickness absence is sometimes so called sickness presence. We study sickness presence, using different types of data.

Publications in English:

1. Taloyan M, Kecklund G, Thörn L, Kjeldgård L, Westerlund H, Svedberg P, Alexanderson K. Sickness presence in the Swedish Police in 2007 and in 2010: associations with demographic factors, job characteristics, and health. Work. 2016:54(2)379-87.

2. Gustafsson K, Marklund S. Associations between health and combinations of sickness presence and absence. Occupational Medicine 2014; 64(1):49-55

3. Aronsson G, Astvik W, Gustafsson K. Work conditions, recovery and health  A study among workers within pre-school, home care, and social work. The British Journal of Social Work 2013; 1-19. Doi:10.1093/bjsw/bct036

4. Taloyan M, Aronsson G, Leineweber C, Magnusson Hanson L, Alexanderson K. Westerlund H. Sickness Presenteeism Predicts Suboptimal Self-Rated Health and Sickness Absence: A Nationally Representative Study of the Swedish Working Population. PLOS One, Sept 2012:7(9)e44721.

5. Leineweber C, Westerlund H, Hagberg J, Svedberg P, Alexanderson K. Sickness presenteeism is more than an alternative to sickness absence: Results from the population-based SLOSH study. International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health. 2012. DOI 10.1007/s00420-012-0735-y.

6. Aronsson G, Gustafsson K, Mellner C. Sickness presence, sickness absence and self-reported health and symptoms. International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 2011;4(3):228-243.

7. Gustafsson K & Marklund S (2011) Consequences of sickness presence and sickness absence on health and work ability  a Swedish prospective cohort study, International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health 2011, Vol 24(2) 153-165

8. Leineweber C, Westerlund H, Hagberg J, Svedberg P, Luokkala M, Alexanderson K. Sickness presenteeism among Swedish police officers. J of Occupational Rehabilitation. 2011:21(1)17-22.

9. Vingård E, Alexanderson K, Norlund A. Swedish Council on Technology Assessment in Health Care (SBU). Chapter 10. Sickness Presence. Scand J Public Health 2004;32(Suppl 63):216-21.

Publications in Swedish:

1. Leineweber C, Kecklund G, Theorell T, Åkerstedt T, Alexanderson K, Westerlund H. Inflytande över arbetstiden och sjuknärvaro/sjukfrånvaro. Arbetsmarknad & Arbetsliv 2013;19(4):87-99.

2. Gustafsson K, Marklund S, Wikman A. Sjukfrånvaro och hälsa före och efter hög sjuknärvaro. Arbetsmarknad & Arbetsliv. 2013;19(4),51-60.

3. Aronsson G, Gustafsson K, Astvik W Arbetsvillkor, återhämtning och hälsa – en studie av förskola, hemtjänst och socialtjänst. Arbete och hälsa. 2010;44(7). [Abstract in English]

The National Working Life Cohort

The National Working Life Cohort was created as a longitudinal study at the National Institute for Working Life. A random sample of the Swedish population was studied annually in 2004, 2005 and 2006 by telephone interviews and postal surveys. Additional information about education, income, social security payments for individuals was collected from population registers for the period 2001-2010.

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Sickness absence within the police force

The overall objective of this study is to achieve general knowledge about sickness absence within the police force and more specifically about gender differences. Sickness absence is more frequent among women than men within the Police. Increased knowledge in this area will make it easier to prioritize and take action to decrease sickness absence for women in the police organization. In the long run the aim for the police organization is to have an organization without differences in health and sickness absence between men and women.

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